On Tuesday, in a significant development, Britain is set to agree to a firm decisive stand from its G7 partners to protect democracies against global threats stemming from China and Russia.
Hosting the event, Britain is likely to lay the groundwork for leaders’ summit in June, with Raab to lead talks among the G7 nations. Discussions among the members of the group will focus on threats faced by democracies, freedom, and human rights.
“The UK’s presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open, democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when it is much needed to tackle shared challenges and rising threats,” said Raab in a statement.
In addition to the members of the G7 which includes France, Japan, the United States, Britain, Canada, Germany, and Italy, Britain has also invited ministers from India, Australia, South Africa and South Korea this week.
This will mark the first face-to-face meeting in two years and is seen by Britain as a chance to reinforce support for the rules-based international system. The development comes at a time when there is growing evidence of China trying to exert its influence globally as it attempts to malign moves that undermines its efforts at global dominance.
Tuesday’s discussions will include topics including the coup in Myanmar, and urge stronger decisive moves against the military junta in the form of expanded sanctions, increased humanitarian assistance and support for arms embargoes.